Angelina Jolie has jumped on to direct ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’, a documented biopic of legendary British war photographer Don McCullin, based on his autobiography of the same title.
McCullin will executive produce the developing picture alongside Mark George. Tom Hardy and Dean Baker are attached to produce through their Hardy Son & Baker banner together with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, via their Working Film outfit. Gregory Burke will pen the script for the film.
‘Unreasonable Behaviour’ tells the life story of McCullin, which took him from poverty-stricken, wartime London to some of the world’s most dangerous war zones.
“I am humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film. I was drawn to his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences. We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he witnessed, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism,” Jolie disclosed.
Jolie, who is a one-time Academy Award winning actress stepped in the director’s seat with the American documentary film ‘A Place in Time’. She has since then hammered her directorial resume with films such as ‘Unbroken’, ‘By the Sea’, ‘First They Killed My Father’, ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ and ‘Africa’.
“Having viewed Angelina’s last film on Cambodia (and having spent so much time during the war there), I was very impressed at how she made such a powerful and accurate representation of the place at that time. I feel as if I am in safe, capable and professional hands with her,” McCullin said.
McCullin is a renowned British photojournalist best known for his striking war images captured in black and white frames at Vietnam and Cambodia whilst working for The Observer and The Sunday Times Newspapers. He was named Photo London Master of Photography for 2016, at the launch of Photo London in November 2015.
No casting about the film has been disclosed yet. Jolie is repped by WME, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. McCullin is represented by Rogers, Coleridge & White and United Agents.